Tips on how to pick instructors and classes for kids or adults

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      Kristi Manion's son, Noah, has been taking piano lessons once a week for about six months.

      "He's not really into sports," Manion said, "and we wanted an activity for him to do so he decided on the piano."

      No matter your age, instructors say lessons are a great way to challenge yourself, have fun and meet new people.

      "We have a lot of adult students that come in and they are nervous at first because they've never taken a dance class before," said Stefanie Squint, dance instructor. "They've never stepped inside a dance studio, but it's something they wish they would have done when they were younger. I just always say come in and try it, just one time."

      The cost for lessons can add up quickly so research your options before investing too much.

      "Whether it's yourself or your kids looking to take up a new hobby, the best bet is to make sure you actually like the hobby before you invest too much into it," said Angie Hicks from Angie's List. "Try some trial classes, rent your equipment instead of buying it so you can find out it's the right investment so you don't end up spending a ton of money."

      When picking an instructor, ask to look over their credentials and be clear about what you what to accomplish.